Congo-Brazaville and Rwanda have signed an agreement to strengthen relationship in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that provides a cooperation framework between both institutions was signed between Congo-Brazzaville’s Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT Jean Philbert Nsengimana.
The agreement is aimed promoting cooperation between the two governments on ICT development and serves as a basis for promoting trade relations through information exchange on ICT products, capacity building, and market and business opportunities.
In September, a delegation from the Rwanda ICT Chamber visited Congo-Brazzaville to study the country’s ICT market and business opportunities.
About 22 Rwandan ICT companies presented their ICT products to over 50 firms in the Franco-phone state with the aim of creating strong partnerships in ICT. Alex Ntale, the director of ICT Chamber at the Private Sector Federation said:
“Rwanda is quickly becoming a model country for the implementation of ICT projects.”
Ntale said the ICT chamber has been working with several institutions in Congo-Brazzaville since 2012.
“This is a great framework for our member companies to do business, especially now that RwandAir flies to Congo-Brazzaville thrice a week,” Ntale said.
Rwanda has made major strides in ICT development in the recent past.
Jean Philbert Nsengimana, the minister for Youth and ICT, said the agreement opens up ICT market opportunities between the two countries.
He said it’s an opportunity to share information and lessons regarding technology services and investments in both Rwanda and the Republic of Congo.
Nsengimana, the country is today ranked among the “most connected” countries in Africa.
Rwanda recently signed a $140 million (£87 million) deal with Korea Telecom, which will see the company deliver 4G LTE internet to 95 percent of citizens within three years.
Despite 5,000 km of fibre-optic cable already being laid in the country, only 8.3 percent of the Rwanda’s 12 million citizens are currently connected to the internet. The project will connect 95 per cent of Rwandans.